Musings.

Musings

The world, the economy, the markets, and our lives are dynamic. Events can have a large or small impact on us. They can create excitement, cause fears, raise questions, and spark insight.

Listed here are our most spontaneous, timely, and succinct comments on wealth, life, and more.





  • March 30, 2012 - Portfolio CheckUp

    Hawk100 uses a systematic approach to align portfolios.  Mornginstar offers a similar checklist to checkup your portfolio. (click for story)



  • March 30, 2012 - Personal IncomeClick to enlarge

    US Personal Income for February came in at the low end of consensus estimates and below recent trend at 0.2%. (click for report) (image source Telemet Orion)



  • March 29, 2012 - Best (stock to) Buy

    Shaking the weight of bricks and mortar, Best Buy plans make it look virtually attractive.  (click for story)



  • March 28, 2012 - Constitutional Care

    Hawk100 applauds the Supreme Court for being the first institution to carefully consider the constitutionality of ObamaCare.  We hope its decision renders wisdom in place of expediency. (click for story)



  • March 27, 2012 - Capitalism, the natural economic state.

    Humans seek liberty.  Liberty is the freedom to choose.  Choice leads to control.  Control grants ownership.  Ownership means capital.  Capital creates wealth.  Wealth aligns with life



  • March 26, 2012 - Castro Capitalism

    The Economist notes Cuba is trending toward capitalism.  (click for story)



  • March 26, 2012 - Heather Brilliant, CFA

    My friend and colleague, Heather Brilliant lives up to her name. (click for story)



  • March 19, 2012 - Recovery?

    Contrary to The Economist, we believe the scheduled 2013 tax hikes are too much to overcome for a sustainable recovery. (click for story)



  • March 16, 2012 - The New iPad is Here

    My son says of his new iPad, "the retina display looks absolutely amazing." (click for WSJ story)



  • March 15, 2012 - Intelligence to the Google Power

    Google is revamping its signature search engine to provide deeper information about search results.  (click for WSJ story)



  • March 14, 2012 - Santorum Sweeps SouthClick to enlarge

    With Santorum sweeping the south Tuesday, he worked down Romney's delegate lead.  Trackers like the one at Washington Post will become increasingly interesting during the coming months.  (click for delegate tracker)



  • March 12, 2012 - March Madness

    Columbusites don't consider the Buckeye capital to be a city for the "damned." (click for full story)



  • March 11, 2012 - Fundraising 101 at Top Colleges

    Stanford tops AdvisorOne's list of the top 20 colleges at raising money from alumni.  (click for full story)



  • March 11, 2012 - The Richest Colleges

    AdvisorOne tells which colleges have the largest endowments.  Of course, Harvard leads the way.  (click for full story)



  • March 09, 2012 - 2012 AICPA Economic Survey

    The 1st qtr AICPA Economic Outlook Survey shows growing confidence but subdued hiring. (click for survey results)



  • March 08, 2012 - Robert Shiller's Broken Tax Plan

    Yale's economist suggests complex tax code social engineering to correct what he sees as a "problem of wasteful and resentment-inducing consumption" among wealthy. (click for full story)



  • March 07, 2012 - "The new iPad"Click to enlarge

    Apple shares fall 1.8% during the nearly 90-minute event to launch "The new iPad."



  • March 06, 2012 - Vote!

    Hawk100 employees took a moment to cast ballots today for favored representatives and government leaders.



  • March 05, 2012 - Ready When Rates Rise

    Here is a sensible plan for rising rates.  Hawk100 recommends understanding interest rate risk when investing in bonds...and equities. (Click Here for Morningstar Video)



  • March 05, 2012 - Another Edge to the Sword

    Rob Arnott explains to the WSJ why deomographics present another financial challenge for retiring boomers. (click to read WSJ article)



  • March 01, 2012 - Sword fight!

    DC bureaucrats are slaying retirees with a triple-edged sword.  Near-zero Fed Funds rate, extended social-security tax holiday, and pending increased taxes on dividend income are slashing retirement incomes.